Clothed with Grace: All the Light We Cannot See

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See

I recently finished reading All the Light We Cannot See, which just won the Pulitzer Prize, by the way, and today I thought I'd share a review with you all.

This novel is set in the times of WWII, but is in a perspective I haven't seen before. It seems to me most WWII stories are from the point of view of Holocaust victims and survivors, whereas this one is from the point of view of two teens: a blind, French girl and an orphan German boy who becomes part of war through his talents in engineering.

The story goes back and forth in time, and is told from both the point of view of the Marie, the French girl and Warner, the German boy. I'll admit, although beautifully written, it took awhile for me to get used to the flashback chapters and the switching of perspectives.

Both Marie and Warner come from very different places, but both have unique and dynamic stories. The author has done an amazing job of creating such life-like characters. There is also the mystery of a missing jewel, whose value is great to those within the German government. You see this jewel and it's power intertwined within the book, which adds to the mystery.

For much of the book it's unclear what the connection is between these too, as their stories are so different, however they collide in a powerful way, change each of them forever.

I would definitely suggest check this book out as a summer read, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

I need some more books to add to my list, what have you read lately?


  1. I love reading books that have multiple perspectives! I like learning about the plot a little at a time that way! I will have to check this book out this summer!

  2. Ohh thanks for the book recommendation! I'll need to check this out!!

    Her Heartland Soul

  3. I tried reading this book a while back, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll pick it up again this summer. My favorite authors are Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

  4. I think I've seen this on some lists of good books to read. This post prompted me to add it to my (mile long!) Goodreads "Want to Read" list though. :)

  5. That is on my list for my summer reads, but I highly recommend The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation. It's really great :)

    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  6. The book sounds like a really interesting read.

  7. I'm always on the look out for a good book and this one sounds great! Thanks for the suggestion:)

  8. I read this recently and it is AMAZING!

  9. Read Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, and if you don't mind "young adult" fiction, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. They are both excellent!

  10. I have this one on my library hold list!
    Other good ones:
    The Book of Unknown Americans (I loved this one as a teacher).
    Every Waking Moment
    The Art of Racing in the Rain (personal favorite)
    The Light Between Oceans
    Orphan Train
    and I could go on and one and on....

    1. The Book of Unknown Americans is on my list and I loved Orphan Train. I'm excited to check here other titles out!

  11. I've been on the hold list at the library forever for this book and it just became available, so I'm going to pick it up today and hope I can manage to read it somehow! I haven't read very much fiction this year - I'm just reading all the books about pregnancy and babies!

  12. Saving a sample on my Nook to try right away! Love me some WWII books. Can't wait to try this one. Thank you!

  13. Saving a sample on my Nook to try right away! Love me some WWII books. Can't wait to try this one. Thank you!